Chapter 2. Univariate Volatility Modeling (in R/Python)


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The original 2011 R code will not fully work on a recent R because there have been some changes to libraries. At least two R packages support estimating GARCH style models. rugarch by Alexios Ghalanos and fGarch. For our purposes there nothing to separate them but rugarch is regularly maintained, but fGarch appears not to be.


Listing 2.1/2.2: ARCH and GARCH estimation in R
Last updated August 2019

library(rugarch)
p = read.csv('index.csv')
y=diff(log(p$Index))*100
y=y-mean(y)
## We multiply returns by 100 and de-mean them
spec1 = ugarchspec(variance.model = list( garchOrder = c(1, 1)),
 mean.model = list( armaOrder = c(0,0),include.mean = FALSE))
res1 = ugarchfit(spec = spec1, data = y)
spec2 = ugarchspec(variance.model = list( garchOrder = c(1, 0)),
 mean.model = list( armaOrder = c(0,0),include.mean = FALSE))
res2 = ugarchfit(spec = spec2, data = y)
spec3 = ugarchspec(variance.model = list( garchOrder = c(1, 1)),
 mean.model = list( armaOrder = c(0,0),include.mean = FALSE),
 distribution.model = "std")
res3 = ugarchfit(spec = spec3, data = y)
## plot(res) shows various graphical analysis, works in command line
		
Listing 2.1/2.2: ARCH and GARCH estimation in Python
Last updated June 2018

import numpy as np
p = np.loadtxt('index.csv', delimiter = ',', skiprows = 1)
y = np.diff(np.log(p), n=1, axis=0)*100
y = y-np.mean(y)
from arch import arch_model
## using Kevin Sheppard's ARCH package for Python
## ARCH(1)
am = arch_model(y, mean = 'Zero', vol='Garch', p=1, o=0, q=0, dist='Normal')
am.fit(update_freq=5)
## ARCH(4)
am = arch_model(y, mean = 'Zero', vol='Garch', p=4, o=0, q=0, dist='Normal')
am.fit(update_freq=5)
## GARCH(4,1)
am = arch_model(y, mean = 'Zero', vol='Garch', p=4, o=0, q=1, dist='Normal')
am.fit(update_freq=5)
## GARCH(1,1)
am = arch_model(y, mean = 'Zero', vol='Garch', p=1, o=0, q=1, dist='Normal')
am.fit(update_freq=5)
## t-GARCH(1,1)
am = arch_model(y, mean = 'Zero', vol='Garch', p=1, o=0, q=1, dist='StudentsT')
am.fit(update_freq=5)
## comment out all the lines except one to see its output
		

Listing 2.3/2.4: Advanced ARCH and GARCH estimation in R
Last updated August 2019

library(rugarch)
## normal APARCH(1,1)
spec4 = ugarchspec(variance.model = list(model="apARCH", garchOrder = c(1, 1)),
 mean.model = list( armaOrder = c(0,0),include.mean = FALSE))
res4 = ugarchfit(spec = spec4, data = y)
#show(res4)
spec5 = ugarchspec(variance.model = list(model="apARCH", garchOrder = c(1, 1)),
 mean.model = list( armaOrder = c(0,0),include.mean = FALSE), fixed.pars=list(delta=2))
res5 = ugarchfit(spec = spec5, data = y)
show(res5)
		
Listing 2.3/2.4: Advanced ARCH and GARCH estimation in Python
Last updated June 2018

## Python does not have a proper APARCH package at present
## To be introduced in scikits.statsmodels